Mumbai: Actor takes his kids on a tour of Naxalite affected areas of Madhya Pradesh to witness how people live in adverse conditions. After shooting for his upcoming film with Prakash Jha in Pachmarhi, Arjun Rampal stayed back even after the schedule had been wrapped up.

Reason being that the actor wanted to take his kids to see the Naxalite affected areas in the vicinity to get a first-hand experience of what those areas looked like.

Our sources say that the actor accompanied his kids and wife Mehr on a tour to these rural regions in Madhya Pradesh. Apparently, Arjun was quite shocked to witness the manner in which people live in this rural region of India.

Prakash Jha confirms Arjun’s trip and adds, “We shot in the jungles of Satpura and in a village called Ghana. He was astonished to see how people lived in such adverse conditions. The women and the children may not really have a future there but they always look happy. Arjun wanted his children to experience that feeling. This visit has taught them a lot of things.” Coconut oil may prevent tooth decay.

Coconut oil is a natural antibiotic that could be incorporated into commercial dental care products, say scientists.

They have found that digested coconut oil could attack the bacteria that cause tooth decay. The team from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland tested the antibacterial action of coconut oil in its natural state and coconut oil that had been treated with enzymes, in a process similar to digestion.

The oils were tested against strains of Streptococcus bacteria, which are common inhabitants of the mouth. They found that enzyme-modified coconut oil strongly inhibited the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria including Streptococcus mutans - an acid-producing bacterium that is a major cause of tooth decay.

Many previous studies have shown that partially digested foodstuffs are active against micro-organisms. Earlier work on enzyme-modified milk showed that it was able to reduce the binding of S. mutans to tooth enamel, which prompted the group to investigate the effect of other enzyme-modified foods on bacteria.

Further work will examine how coconut oil interacts with Streptococcus bacteria at the molecular level and which other strains of harmful bacteria and yeasts it is active against. Additional testing by the group at the Athlone Institute of Technology found that enzyme-modified coconut oil was also harmful to the yeast Candida albicans that can cause thrush.

The researchers suggest that enzyme-modified coconut oil has potential as a marketable antimicrobial, which could be of particular interest to the oral healthcare industry.

"Dental caries is a commonly overlooked health problem affecting 60-90 per cent of children and the majority of adults in industrialized countries," said Dr Damien Brady who is leading the research.

"Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it works at relatively low concentrations. Also, with increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important that we turn our attention to new ways to combat microbial infection," suggested Dr Brady.

The work also contributes to our understanding of antibacterial activity in the human gut.
"Our data suggests that products of human digestion show antimicrobial activity. This could have implications for how bacteria colonize the cells lining the digestive tract and for overall gut health," explained Dr Brady.

"Our research has shown that digested milk protein not only reduced the adherence of harmful bacteria to human intestinal cells but also prevented some of them from gaining entrance into the cell.

We are currently researching coconut oil and other enzyme-modified foodstuffs to identify how they interfere with the way bacteria cause illness and disease," he added.

The scientists presented their work at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn Conference at the University of Warwick.


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